‘It’s what friends do’ By Jillian Chandler | Photo Courtesy of La Tea Da's
It’s an experience unlike any other in the area. It’s sophisticated, magical, memorable. La Tea Da - A Tea Room opened in Post Falls in 2019 and was purchased by Pam Kyes and daughter Emily Nuss in August of 2022. As the new owners of this special place, their goal is to make La Tea Da a destination for tea aficionados everywhere.
This new venture was the perfect way for Pam and Emily to come together and combine their expertise to create a unique experience for their guests. Pam worked in interior design for 15 years and brings with her an extensive background in hospitality and retail management, while Emily has nine years of fine-dining and hospitality experience and is a recent graduate from the University of Idaho. The pair feels blessed to be able to work together and to have created a successful business alongside one another.
“We both recognize each other’s talent, we each bring something different to the table, and we respect one another enough to accept feedback and grow together,” affirms Emily. “Working side by side with my mom, doing what we love, and seeing a smile on so many faces every day is a dream!”
Pam recalls Emily’s love of tea parties as a young girl, which she’s carried throughout her life. “When she married in 2020 to Kobin Nuss, her bridal shower was a Kensington Gardens high tea party. During college, she traveled to Europe and would enjoy a high tea experience anywhere she could!”
When Pam was presented with the opportunity to go into business at La Tea Da and purchase the business with her daughter, it was truly the perfect opportunity to work alongside one another and build something special to both of them.
La Tea Da is a high tea dining experience, in which the mother-and-daughter duo is committed to creating an exceptional experience for their guests to enjoy the finer things in life and the beauty of elegance. The tea party experience begins with the selection of hats, gloves and plenty of tea photos. Guests are then seated in one of La Tea Da’s themed dining rooms (choose from the Party Room, Secret Garden Room, High Tea Room or Spring has Sprung Tea Room), where a fine-dining table setting and the history of tea are discussed. The finest selections of loose-leaf teas are poured, followed by the main attraction—a three-tier service which includes tea sandwiches, scones and decadent homemade desserts.
“Our motto here at La Tea Da is: ‘It’s what friends do,’” states Pam. “Change up your setting and join us for high tea with an experience, a memory to cherish. We are committed to not being a café, rather giving you an escape from the reality and hustle of everyday life. We want you to feel you are in a magical place, just enjoying good company and the lost art of fine dining—even if it’s just for an afternoon.”
The venue is a beautiful setting for birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers and company parties. They offer several party packages, taking pride in working with their guests to ensure their party vision becomes reality.
La Tea Da also has a full event calendar each month with themed parties that guests can attend and are certain to be swept away. Some of the upcoming events include Once Upon a Time Princess Party, A Tea Etiquette Class and Mystery Tea. They invite you to visit their website and follow them at La Tea Da - A Tea Room on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on upcoming events.
They are in awe of the outpouring of support the community has shown them since taking ownership of the business. “We have been so blessed by this community, and we are quickly becoming like family to so many of our patrons,” Emily shares. “They have been so generous with their love and support and so giving! After dining with us and seeing the beauty of the tea shop, so many have come back unannounced to drop off china, artwork, décor, just so that they can see everyone enjoy it. It’s overwhelming.” If you are looking for that special place to host a special event, or a just-because get-together with friends, let Pam and Emily treat you to an unforgettable experience at La Tea Da. La Tea Da - A Tea Room 4009 Riverbend Avenue Post Falls, ID 83854 208.262.8969 LaTeaDaATeaRoom@gmail.com LaTeaDa.org facebook and instagram La Tea Da - A Tea Room